Helmut Marko does not expect that Mercedes will dare to take any risks in the future with possible illegalities around the much-discussed rear wing. The Red Bull Racing adviser relies on the FIA’s control system.
The hindwings have regularly been the subject of discussion in recent weeks. For example, the Red Bull team regularly accuses its major competitor Mercedes of illegal practices around the rear wing and ironically it was Verstappen’s rear wing that caused the necessary problems for the Red Bull men during the Qatar Grand Prix.
Mercedes clearly slower
In Brazil, Lewis Hamilton was even disqualified from Friday’s qualifying for his DRS opening too far, though that had nothing to do with Red Bull’s own protests about the Briton’s rear wing. “Mercedes was slower in practice here and that’s because they used a rear wing that couldn’t bend and so their top speed was just normal,” the Austrian told Speedweek.com.
No risk at Mercedes
Marko therefore does not expect Mercedes to take the risk again later this season by driving the special rear wing in Saudi Arabia or Abu Dhabi. “I’m assuming they won’t be using that rear wing again this season as the FIA has the necessary tools to check it. I don’t see them taking that risk,” he concluded.